asa’s Mars Perseverance rover has safely landed on the red planet.

The rover – a scientific laboratory the size of a car – touched down shortly before 9pm (UK time) on Thursday.

It landed in a deep crater near the planet’s equator, Jezero.

Engineers at Nasa’s mission control in California erupted with joy upon the confirmation of touchdown.

The six-wheeled vehicle will now spend at least the next two years drilling into the rocks – looking for evidence of past life.

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